By Tara Donovan, these wonderful installation/sculptures, each one made out of one easily produced material are beautiful accumulative pieces of work that have such a huge effect on a empty gallery space. The towering columns are my favourites by far.
‘because the surfaces of my work do often shift and follow the perspective of the viewer, there is a perceptual movement that coincides with a person’s physical movement within the gallery space.’
Vesperbild signifies the Lamentation of Christ. It depicts the Virgin Mary cradling the lifeless body of Jesus and is a marked event in Christian art. However, Agostino Arrivabene ‘s ‘Vesperbild’ is a profound contemporary interpretation of this theme. His work projects transitory almost metamorphic stages between light and dark, twilight, transfiguration and rebirth.
Agostino’s exhibition, ‘Vesperbild’ is show at The Giovanni Bonelli Gallery from May 22 – July 26 2014.
Baobab: Tree of Generations
A reflection on the dialogue between Man and Nature that starts from the miracle of the Baobab trees that grow in extreme conditions, inspires thoughts on the bond that connects us to the earth. These photographs push the viewer to linger on the power of the universe and the value of reciprocal exchange.
In some of the most arid and infertile regions of Africa, Madagascar, and Australia the Baobab tree grows to enormous size. These miraculous giants are one of the largest living things on the planet and have a potential lifespan of more than a thousand years. They are great friends to their human neighbors—providing an ever-renewing resource for textiles, netting, baskets and roofing. Their nutritious fruit has many medicinal properties.
I am intrigued by the role that these thousand year old giants play in the lives of its human neighbors. It is an enduring presence, perhaps older than the legends passed down from generation to generation, its roots deeply intertwined with daily life. The images in this exhibition reflect both the resilience and transience of life as I partner the Baobab with a person from the community: a grandmother, a grandfather, a young man, a young woman, a mother, a boy child, a girl child. My photographs celebrate an intimate co-existence. These trees were found in South Africa, Mali and Madagascar.
Subjective Freedom by Cristina Troufa
We are loving these expressive self-portraits by Portuguese artist Cristina Troufa. Her paintings are a visualization of the many different ways we can all feel about ourselves. Some days we struggle, other days we need to figure things out, while sometimes we just need to remember to take better care of ourselves.